Shocking! Samsung smartphone users are unable to delete Facebook app

Want to delete Facebook? Too bad

It seems like Facebook has a list of partners with whom it has deals for "permanent apps", in other words, Facebook can not be deleted from phones that are sold by those partners, it seems.

Some Samsung smartphone owners have found that they're unable to remove the pre-loaded Facebook app from their phones, according to a new report from Bloomberg. A T-Mobile Galaxy S9 comes with Facebook and Amazon preinstalled, but also Google apps like YouTube, Google Play Music, and Gmail. Google's Android operating system is the software that powers the phone. A report last week said that many top apps send data to Facebook from Android devices without the user's consent, and that happens even if a person doesn't have a Facebook account.

'Can they still track your information, your location, or whatever else they do?

Instead, on some Samsung devices, users can only "disable" the app, and it's still there. "We the consumer should have a say in what we want and don't want on our products".

Users took to forums such as the Android Central to share their experiences while trying to delete the pre-installed Facebook app.

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Many parents, this one included, have decided that their children should not use any form of social media, including IM apps such as Whatsapp, due to the threat they pose to their mental health. Nick Winke, a photographer, told the publication: "It just absolutely baffles me that if I wanted to completely get rid of Facebook that it essentially would still be on my phone, which brings up more questions". The company further claims that whether the app is removable depends on pre-install deals Facebook has made with various phone manufacturers, OS providers, and carriers.

Facebook added: "We do this in a transparent manner by explaining the practice through our Data Policy and Cookies Policy, and by using Google's advertising identifier, which can be controlled centrally by people using their device settings".

Pre-installed apps are not a new phenomenon. There is no complete list available online, and consumers may not know if Facebook is pre-loaded unless they specifically ask a customer service representative when they purchase a phone.

Consumer-advocacy groups have long raised objections to such deals. "Been a Samsung customer for 10 years. Time to move on", Twitter user Gopinath Pandalai wrote in October. I recently did a factory reset of my old Samsung Galaxy S7 in order to bequeath it to my son. "It's basically a non-functional empty shell, acts as the placeholder for when the phone receives the "real" Facebook app as app updates ..."

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